Hoop Wisdom

In mid-July, as some of you NBA fans know, the Milwaukee Bucks ended a 50-year drought and won their basketball championship. Alice and I watched the game and were impressed by the young, talented Giannis Antetokounmpo.


He is equally impressive off the court, because during the aftergame interview Antetokounmpo told a reporter:

“When you focus on the past, that’s your ego… When I focus on the future, that's my pride. I try to focus on the present. That's humility.

"Humility" has its origin in the word for earth, humus, or soil. To be grounded in that earthiness is to know your roots, to understand where you've come from. Consider the wisdom of this tale:


Once there was a proud preacher fresh out of the seminary who was full of himself. At the beginning of the Church service, beaming as he walked down the aisle, he had his face held high. But his sermon was a disaster- scattered, halting and boring. The people knew it and he felt it. As he walked out of Church, the young minister dropped his head in failure. That's when an old woman called out to him, "Preacher, had you walked in the way you just walked out you would have walked out the way you had walked in."


What are your hoop dreams? What do you focus on? Allow yourself to be humbled by how much you and I need to learn and grow. Prepare to be amazed today by unforeseen discoveries. I'm not promising they will be pleasant; I am confident they will keep you grounded.